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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
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Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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Public Land Survey MarksNimbus Dam - Dept. of the Interior - Rancho Cordova CA

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This public land survey marker is at the SW corner of the dam not far from the bicycle trail

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sbcamper

location: California

date approved: 2/26/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI/BLM T39S R13E 1/4 S2 S35 Cadastral Survey Disk - Klamath County, OR

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This cadastral survey cap is located south of Gerber Rd in Klamath County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/24/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI/BLM T39S R13E 1/4 S1 S2 Cadastral Survey Disk - Klamath County, OR

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This cadastral survey cap is located near Gerber North Campground in Klamath County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/24/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT39S R13E 1/4 S21 'PLS 820' COR - Klamath County, OR

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This section corner is located just off Gerber Rd in Klamath County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/24/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksO86 - Breda (NL)

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PLSS of the ministry of war in Breda. (Munnikenlinie)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F

location: Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

date approved: 2/8/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksNumber 14 Boundary Stone. Upnor. Kent. UK

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Corner Boundary Stone No.14 along Upnor High Street

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave-harris

location: South East England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/7/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS of the ministry of war in Breda.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F

location: Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

date approved: 2/6/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT16S R9E S25 R10E S30 1/4 COR - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter Miller in 1985; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0169

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/6/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0167

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/5/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0165

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/4/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0163

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/4/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0161

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/4/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT16S R9E S12 13 R10E S7 18 COR - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0159

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/3/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0157

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/3/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by Deschutes County Surveyors Office, Fred A. Ast, Jr. in 1988

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/2/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT16S R10E S8 9 1/4 COR - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Donald Gresdel in 2001; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0957

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 2/2/2015

last visited: never

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Queensbury Boundary Post

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member myaxd01

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 1/22/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksPaddington Boundary Marker No 14 - Kensington Gardens, London, UK

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This stone, boundary marker is on the north east side of Broad Walk in Kensington Gardens. It is to the north west of Round Pond opposite Kensington Palace's Orangery at the junction of two paths.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 1/3/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSGLO 'MP 82' ORE S18 S17 T48N R8E Section Corner - Siskiyou County, CA

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This section corner is located just north of Hwy 161 (State Line Rd) and and defines the boundary line of Oregon and sections 17 and 18 in Siskiyou County, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: California

date approved: 12/31/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey Marks"Who Owns the River?" Boundary Mark (SOUTH) - Alexandria, VA

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One of a few boundary markers in Point Jones park, marking the original boundary of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Virginia

date approved: 12/31/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksVirginia Maryland Boundary Commission Mark No. 58 - Alexandria, VA

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A boundary marker in James Point Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Virginia

date approved: 12/31/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey Marks"Who Owns the River?" Boundary Mark (NORTH) - Alexandria, VA

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One of a few boundary markers in Point Jones park, marking the original boundary of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Virginia

date approved: 12/31/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksDC South Cornerstone - Alexandria, VA

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This is the original tripoint of DC, VA, and MD. Although the new tripoint has moved to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Virginia

date approved: 12/31/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksMistress Margaret Brent Boundary Marker - Alexandria, VA

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One of a few boundary markers in Point Jones park, marking the original boundary of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Virginia

date approved: 12/31/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksU.S. C & GS SM Meridian - Goochland, VA

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A small concrete monument on the grounds of the Goochland County Courthouse.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Virginia

date approved: 12/24/2014

last visited: never

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